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Broccoli, Cranberry, and Pomegranate Salad

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Broccoli Cranberry and Pomegranate Salad served on a salad plate

Broccoli, Cranberry, and Pomegranate Salad with tender bits of fresh broccoli, bacon bits,  dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, grated cheese, red onion, and fresh pomegranate seeds with a creamy dressing. A delicious salad that’s a perfect side for your Holiday meals.

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Broccoli Cranberry Salad isn’t new! It’s been around for years. So You’re probably wondering what the big deal is…Right?

Well, the BIG deal my friends is that years ago when I found this recipe, before it became a star on Pinterest, I took this basic popular salad and turned it into something wonderful by adding one simple ingredient.

What was that ingredient? Fresh pomegranate seeds!

Broccoli Cranberry and Pomegranate Salad on a serving plate

You wouldn’t think something so simple could take a salad, that hundreds of thousands have had, and kick up… and out of the ball field! Those tiny ruby gems do just that! It’s incredible.

The little burst of pomegranate juice that comes with every single forkful blends beautifully with the other main stays of this salad. The broccoli, cheese, sunflower seeds, and bacon.  Not to mention those sparkling jewels make this salad so festive.

This salad is easy to make, can be made ahead of time, and receives rave reviews every time I serve it or bring it to a pot luck.

Let’s get cooking….

How To Make Broccoli, Cranberry, and Pomegranate Salad

Begin by cutting broccoli florets into ½ inch pieces. Enough to equal 5 cups. I like to cut mine smaller into comfortable bite size pieces.

Place broccoli pieces into a large bowl that has a lid.

Broccoli Florets cut into ½ inch pieces

Cut bacon into ½ inch pieces. In a medium skillet, over medium heat, cook bacon. Drain on paper towel. Add cooked bacon, 1 cup, to broccoli.

TIP: You can use store bought prepared REAL bacon bits!

bacon piece draining on paper towel

Add ½ cup chopped red onion, and 1 cup dried cranberries. 

Adding onion, and dried cranberries to broccoli

Add 1 cup salted sunflower seeds, 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, and 1 cup fresh pomegranate seeds. 

Adding Cheese, sunflower seeds, and pomegranate seeds to salad

In a small bowl combine 1 cup mayonnaise, Not Miracle Whip, ¼ cup sugar, 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar, ½ tsp. salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. (We’ve covered my feelings on Miracle Whip!) It will change the flavor of this salad and, in my humble opinion, ruin it! 

Dressing ingredients in a bowl for salad dressing

Whisk ingredients together until well combined. Allow to set until sugar completely dissolves. Mix again.

Salad dressing mixed together

Pour dressing over salad ingredients. 

Salad dressing over salad

Carefully mix dressing and salad ingredients together until everything is well combined and coated with the dressing. 

mixing salad ingredients together

Cover and refrigerate 1 hour. This salad gets better and better as it marinades in that wonderful creamy tangy dressing. It’s the perfect salad for big family dinners since it can be made ahead of time and chilled for several days.

I like to save a few pomegranate seeds to garnish the salad with right before serving, it adds that extra pop of color!

Broccoli, Cranberry, and Pomegranate Salad on serving plate

This salad takes about 20 minutes to make plus chilling time. It pairs well with Turkey, Ham, or Roast Beef. Whatever your main Holiday course may be…this salad is sure to add a little extra sparkle to the meal!

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As always, Thanks so much for stopping by my Nest! Have a wonderful day and…

Happy Nesting!

 

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Yield: 8 servings

Broccoli, Cranberry, and Pomegranate Salad

Broccoli, Cranberry, and Pomegranate Salad on a plate

Broccoli, Cranberry, and Pomegranate Salad with tender bits of fresh broccoli, bacon bits,  dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, grated cheese, red onion, and fresh pomegranate seeds with a creamy dressing. A delicious salad that's a perfect side for your Holiday meals.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • Dressing:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Salad:
  • 5 cups broccoli florets, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cooked, crumbled bacon pieces
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup fresh pomegranate seeds

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine all salad ingredients in a large mixing; mix well.
  2. Combine dressing ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add dressing to salad and mix well.
  4. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Notes

Salad can be made up to 2 days ahead of time.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8 servings

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 614Total Fat: 45gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 1888mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 7gSugar: 26gProtein: 19g
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Nikki

Saturday 21st of December 2019

You have done it again! Another amazing recipe. I love the addition of pomegranates. Adds a delicious flavor and pop of color!

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